The last cholera epidemic in the Western Hemisphere began in Peru in 1991 and spread to some 16 other countries, from Argentina to Canada. In Peru alone, the epidemic produced more than 650,000 cases over six years.
An announcement by President Obama that the United States would support India's ascension to a permanent seat on the Security Council is less about the future of the Security Council and more about firming up India as a reliable American ally.
According to the latest projections from NOAA, the storm should pass in about six hours or so. In the meantime, storm surges, an overflowing river, and pounding rain are wreaking the kind of havoc that we've been expecting all week.